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Thursday, February 13 • 11:15am - 1:15pm
Developing a Sensitivity to Design: How Making and Design Experiences Can Activate Student Agency

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Since the first Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, California, in 2006, the “maker movement”—the social embodiment of the contemporary DIY cultural resurgence—has generated international enthusiasm in the act of making. While hacker spaces, fablabs and 3-D printers have gripped the attention of adult makers, so too have they generated interest amongst teachers, parents and educational policymakers. But what does it mean to bring “maker” into education? What are the thinking and learning opportunities present during a maker experience? During this course, Project Zero researchers from the Agency by Design (AbD) initiative will partner with educators from Oakland, CA, representing the action research strand of their work. Participants will engage in a series of hands-on activities to explore some of the benefits of making and design in education, including a “tinkering” activity designed to encourage close and critical looking at objects. The course will focus on two central questions: 1) How might maker learning experiences foster a sensitivity to the designed dimension of our world? 2) What role does having a sensitivity to design play in how young people engage with their world? Links will be made between participants’ experiences in this session and the potential for cultivating the agency—and design sensitivities—of young people in a variety of educational settings.

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Edward Clapp

Senior Research Manager, Project Zero
Edward P. Clapp is a senior research manager and a member of the core research team working on the Agency by Design (AbD) initiative—an investigation of the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning—at Project Zero, an educational research center at the Harvard... Read More →

Jenny Ernst

Park Day School, Park Day School
Teaching math and science with 6th graders at a progressive school has been a dream career. At this independent school in Oakland, my values around social justice have been cultivated through professional development to deeply understand my students and the world we live in. My latest... Read More →

Jen Ryan

Researcher, Project Manager, Project Zero
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Brooke Toczyloweski

Art and Technology Teacher, Oakland International High School

Thursday February 13, 2014 11:15am - 1:15pm PST
D225 Presbyterian Day School

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